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Abomination That Causes Desolation, the
An expression that occurs three times in the Septuagint of Daniel (9:27; 11:31; 12:11) and twice in the words of Jesus ( Matt 24:15 ; Mark 13:14 ), where slight linguistic variation exists. Luke's account of this prophecy (21:20) is more general and speaks of armies surrounding Jerusalem. First Maccabees, quoting Daniel, refers these words to the sacrifice of swine's flesh on the altar in Jerusalem by Antiochus IV, Epiphanes, in 168 b.c. (1:54). Josephus, without referring to Daniel, recounts this episode in detail (Antiq. 7.5.4). Jesus, in using these cryptic words of Daniel, is also predicting a desecration of the temple, or at lest the temple area, which will parallel the catastrophic event of the past, so well remembered by the Jews of his day.
There have been numerous suggestions as to precisely what Jesus meant by this prophecy. It should be noted that for Jesus, the Abomination has become a personal force rather than an eventhe stands (in the holy place [ Matt 24:15 ] where he does not belong [ Mark 13:14 ]). This has caused some to look for a particular historical act by an individual for fulfillment (variously, Pilate, Caligula, or Hadrian, more proximately, or more remotely the Antichrist himself in the endtimes) as the ultimate Abomination. Others have argued, especially in light of Luke 21:20 and Daniel's words, that either the destruction of Jerusalem in a.d. 70 or the desecration of the temple at that time, whether by the apostate Jews beforehand or the Romans afterward, fulfilled Jesus' prophetic words.
Given the nature of prophetic utterance, which often includes a more proximate and remote fulfillment, there is no reason why there could not be truth in both of these approaches. Jesus could very well be referring to the end of the agehe was, after all, answering the questions of "when will this happen" (i.e., the destruction of the temple) and "what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?" ( Matt 24:3 )as well as to the destruction of Jerusalem in a.d. 70. If this is so, then the early Christians were right when they fled Jerusalem in obedience to Jesus' words ( Matt 24:16-20 ), but were also right when they looked for yet another, more cataclysmic fulfillment in the more distant future that would constitute the end of the age.
CHRIST'S OLIVET DISCOURSE
This is no parenthetical statement from Mark, as some commentators have thought. The evangelists are not in the habit of interrupting their Lord with their own comments. Jesus takes a term -- "understand" -- that occurs 27 times in the original Hebrew language of Daniel. Twenty seven times Daniel uses the word "understand." or its cognates. So Jesus takes that word and, very skillfully, places it in the context of this warning about the "abomination of desolation."
There are literally miles of books on shelves about the life and teachings of Jesus. Yet there was not one on the topic of the "abomination of desolation"--until Dr. Ford wrote it! Fabled evangelical scholar, the late F.F. Bruce was Ford's supervisor for his 1972 doctoral thesis The Abomination of Desolation in Biblical Eschatology. Bruce spoke highly of Ford's scholarship and said of his thesis that it "was controlled by the historical-critical method and was based on the primary exegesis of the Biblical text..."
Isn`t it mysterious that so critical an expression has been so overlooked?! Jesus tells us plainly to understand it. A satanic blindness must certainly be in operation here. Do you understand the "abomination of desolation"? If you don't, don`t feel too badly. Most Bible cornmentators don't understand it either.
What is this "abomination of desolation?" Jesus says in the context, "Look, you asked me what will be the sign of the end. Let me tell you. There will be wars, but that is not the sign. There will he earthquakes, but that is not the sign. Iniquity will abound, but that is not the sign. There will be religious persecution, they will betray you, but that is not the sign. "When you see the 'abomination of desolation' spoken of by Daniel, that is it!"
...........................Because of the length of the subject matter, I will make several post...
The next one will be on "Launching into the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
SOME WAYS OF "TEACHING" BY DECEIVING SPIRITS
The "teachings" of deceiving spirits now being promulgated
by them, are too many in number to enumerate in a small
compass. They are generally recognized only in "false
religions," but the teaching spirits with their "doctrines,"
or religious ideas suggested to the minds of men are
ceaselessly at work in every clime, seeking to play upon
the religious instinct in men, and give a substitute for truth.
Therefore truth, alone, dispels the deceptive doctrines of
the teaching spirits of Satan: the truth of God, not merely
"views of truth." Truth concerning all the principles and laws
of the God of Truth. "Doctrines of demons" simply consist
of that which a man "thinks" and "believes" as the outcome
of suggestions made to his mind by deceiving spirits. All
"thought" and "belief" belongs to one of two realms--the
realm of truth, or the realm of falsehood--each having its
source in God or Satan. All truth comes from God, and all
that is contrary to truth, from Satan. Even the "thoughts "
that apparently originate in a man's own mind come from
one of these two sources, for the mind itself is either
darkened by Satan (2 Cor. 4: 4), and therefore fertile soil
for his "teachings," or renewed by God (Ephes. 4: 23),
and clarified from the veil of Satan, and made open to
the reception and transmission of truth.
War on the Saints by Jessie Penn-Lewis
Tomorrow: The Basic Principle for Testing Teachings by Teaching Spirits
In the Bible there is no white church, black church, red church, yellow church.
There is only the blood bought church of Jesus Christ.
Jesus did not come to save skins, but to save souls.
After Spending Billions, Alt Energy Produces Almost Nothing in Hawaii
PBN: Ted Peck, former administrator for the Hawaii Energy Office, who is now a consultant, told PBN that even in the most aggressive renewable energy plan, the state's energy portfolio will still include up to 25 percent of fossil fuels.
"Transportation, especially air transportation, is a long way from having a viable petroleum replacement," he said. "We are at least a generation away from petroleum not being a major player in the Hawaii energy market."
Hawaiian Electric Co., the state's largest utility still gets the majority of its energy from non-renewable sources such as oil and coal — about 86 percent, according to 2013 figures released by the Honolulu-based company.
On Oahu, the largest consumer of energy in the state, about 92 percent of electricity comes from non-renewables such as oil and coal, with about 7.7 percent coming from renewables, including solar and wind.
Gas prices may continue to drop
Hawaii Gas seeking regulatory approval to ship more LNG to Islands
Hawaii’s Kinaole Capital plans to raise as much as $500M to fund solar projects
Chevron Hawaii’s refinery should convert to an import terminal, expert says
read ... Alt Energy is an Expensive Zero
$64M: HMSA Medicare Advantage Premium Hikes Hit 46,000
HMSA: ...it's difficult and painful for HMSA to make changes to the Akamai Advantage plans that raise premiums and change some benefits. That's what's happening as we replace our existing Akamai Advantage plans with four new plans in 2015. We know that having to choose a new plan will be extremely stressful for many Akamai Advantage members and their families.
The impact will be felt particularly hard on the Neighbor Islands, where premiums for the two new Akamai Advantage plans will increase substantially.
We're making these changes for two reasons. The cost of caring for Akamai Advantage members has been significantly higher than expected. At the same time, federal Medicare reimbursements to health plans were reduced. The combined result was a $64.1 million loss for Akamai Advantage plans in 2013....
($64.1M / 46,000 = $1391 each)
We're also approaching Hawaii's congressional delegation and the Obama administration to increase Medicare reimbursements in the islands. We believe the federal rates don't accurately reflect the cost of providing health care in Hawaii - particularly on the Neighbor Islands, where reimbursements rates are lower than for Oahu.
Medicare Advantage Cuts under ObamaCare Will Affect Low-Income Seniors Most
NCPA March 12, 2013
Though Republicans are usually responsible for calls to modify or end Medicare, the Obama administration has made the first move in cutting benefits. The administration's cuts will impact the poor the most, says Joseph Antos, the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute.
Low-income seniors will see an estimated 7 percent to 8 percent reduction in their Medicare Advantage benefits in 2014.
As opposed to traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage (MA) is provided by private providers and is attractive to lower-income individuals because it is less expensive.
The reduction will occur because of the Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare"), which is reducing Medicare benefits and raising taxes to pay for the expansion of Medicaid and subsidies in the health insurance exchanges.
The cuts are larger than originally expected because the administration believes that Medicare spending will abruptly drop for no reason.
Private plans, averse to such a large spending cut, will likely leave markets or reduce their benefits as plans become less profitable.
More than 14 million Medicare beneficiaries will be affected by the cuts, which will disproportionately affect low-income individuals.
Forty-one percent of MA enrollees in 2011 had incomes of $20,000 or less and nearly 33 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries enroll in MA plans.
Because traditional Medicare is expensive and places limits of benefits, many beneficiaries have supplemental coverage like Medigap to coverage what Medicare does not.
For many of the 6 million MA plan holders, Medicare will fundamentally change or disappear as companies respond to the 7 percent to 8 percent cuts. In 1997, the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, pushed through by a Republican Congress, included serious payment cuts to private plans in Medicare, which in just six years caused the number of participating plans to drop in half.
In 2003, Republicans passed legislation guaranteeing private providers higher payment than traditional Medicare. Lowering these payments may be necessary. The 7 percent to 8 percent cuts the Obama administration plans to implement amount to the Medicare version of sequestration. Unfortunately, lower income beneficiaries will be most affected.
Insurer Dumps 1300 Medicare Advantage Clients After Losing $18.5M
SA: AlohaCare is discontinuing its main Medicare Advantage health insurance plan in 2015, a move that will affect 1,300 senior members.
The nonprofit medical insurer founded in 1994 estimates it has lost about $18.5 million since launching its AlohaCare Advantage plan in 2006 and simply cannot sustain further losses.
"We have been losing money steadily on that plan," said John McComas, chief executive officer of AlohaCare, whose other 60,000 members will not be affected. "Basically we've reached a point where we felt we couldn't continue to absorb those losses. It's just not financially feasible for us to do this."
Declining Medicare reimbursements, which typically do not cover the cost of medical services, have put a strain on health plans both locally and nationally. AlohaCare is paid a flat fee of $8,000 on average per member per year by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the Medicare Advantage plan.
HMSA Massive Rate Hikes for Medicare Advantage
SA: Hawaii Medical Service Association plans to discontinue its five Medicare Advantage plans for 46,000 seniors on Dec. 31.
The state's largest health insurer, which covers the bulk of Hawaii's Medicare population, estimates it lost about $64.1 million last year on its plans -- called Akamai Advantage -- due to higher-than- expected medical claims as well as lower federal Medicare reimbursements.
The company will begin offering four new higher-premium plans in 2015 ranging from $70 and $126 a month on Oahu and $152 and $195 on the neighbor islands. HMSA currently has five Akamai Advantage plans with premiums ranging from zero to $91 a month.
HMSA said it is not changing its Medicare plans to save money, but to "better reflect the benefit needs and cost of caring for our members."
AlohaCare announced last month that it also is ending its main Medicare Advantage health insurance plan in 2015, a move that will affect 1,300 senior members, after losses of $18.5 million since 2006.
Thousands of HMSA members may be in for a surprise.
HMSA is ending its Medicare plan for thousands of residents next year.
Coverage through HMSA’s Akamai Advantage is ending December 31, 2014 and if customers don’t choose a new plan before then, they could lose their prescription drug coverage and more.
“I’m used to just not doing anything and having it be available the next year. This year it’s not like that they actually have to make a choice,” said Pamela Cunningham with the State Health Insurance Assistance Program.
Because all five Akamai Advantage plans for Medicare members will close, customers can join a new plan starting October 15.
“There was a lot of little changes that actually ended up causing the plans and had to look and make sure they could be financially stable.”
HMSA will be opening four new plans, two for Oahu residents and two for neighbor islands as well, but the company says it will be more expensive.
HMSA says they know this will cause hardship for their medicare members and that the decision was difficult and painful.
The change coming after higher than expected cost of caring for medicare members as well as a reduction to federal medicare reimbursement to health plans.
HMSA says its something they had to do to continue offering the benefits.
There are more than 46,000 Akamai Advantage members, 36,000 of these members need to decide what they want to do in 2015. The other 10,000 get their health plan from their employers and their employer will take care of making decisions about the changes to their plan.
“They’re still going to cover hospital, labs, x-rays, doctor visits so they’ll still cover that, but their co-pay may be higher and premiums may be a little higher,” said Cunningham.
Cunningham says the best thing to do once you are notified is to take care of things as soon as possible.
“We don’t want people to be alarmed because they have plenty of time but we want to make sure they don’t wait until the last minute,” said Cunningham.
HMSA says customers should be getting a packet of information in the mail this week. Once they get this packet they should either call HMSA or visit an HMSA center or office. For more information, log onto hmsa.com
The state's largest health insurer, which covers the bulk of Hawaii'sMedicare population, estimates it lost about $64.1 million last year on its plans -- called Akamai Advantage -- due to higher-than- expected medical claims as well as lower federal Medicare reimbursements.
Declining Medicare reimbursements, which typically do not cover the cost of medical services, have put a strain on health plans both locally and nationally. AlohaCare is paid a flat fee of $8,000 on average per member a year by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the Medicare Advantage plan.
UnitedHealthcare and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii said there will be no significant changes to its Medicare Advantage plans. Ohana Health Plan said it will offer just two plans next year.
Finmeccanica chiefs get jail term, cleared of corruption charges
Reuters, Busto Arsizio, Italy October 9, 2014 (excerpts): An Italian court sentenced former Finmeccanica SpA chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Giuseppe Orsi to two years in jail for falsifying invoices in a corruption case linked to an Indian deal, but cleared him of more serious corruption charges.
(Finmeccanica is the parent company of Ansaldo Breda and Ansaldo STA which are supplying rail cars and signaling systems for HART)
The trial revolved around a €560 million contract awarded to Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland business in 2010 to supply 12 helicopters to the Indian government. Public prosecutor Eugenio Fusco had accused Orsi and former AgustaWestland head Bruno Spagnolini of paying tens of millions of euros to Indian officials including a former Air Force head through intermediaries and falsifying invoices to win the high-profile contract. (Don't worry. They would never try this in a place like ... uh ... Honolulu.)
Spagnolini was also sentenced on Thursday to two years in jail on the false invoice charges, but acquitted of the corruption accusations.
“It’s the end of a nightmare,” Orsi told reporters after the court near Milan passed sentence at the end of a trial lasting more than a year. “We’ve always known that there hasn’t been any corruption.” ... (LOL!)
The scandal has embarrassed New Delhi and tarnished Finmeccanica's reputation at a time when the Italian aerospace and defence group is carrying out a tough restructuring....
In August, the Italian prosecutor dropped a corruption case against Finmeccanica and agreed a 7.5 million euro settlement with AgustaWestland....
India is pushing ahead with a separate investigation into the scrapped contract with the Italian company....
The prosecutor said he would decide on whether to appeal once the details of the ruling are released. He had requested a six-year jail term for 68-year-old Orsi, who ran AgustaWestland before taking the top job at Finmeccanica in 2011, and a five-year sentence for Spagnolini, 63.
From FreeHawaii October 15, 2014
If Youʻve Been Waiting To See How The US Dept. Of Interior Would Rule On The Recent Testimony In Hawai`i Against US Federal Recognition, We Now Have The Answer.
Inside Sources Say The DOI Has Arrived At Their Decision On Whether To Create A Native Hawaiian US Indian Tribe.
Those Same Sources Have Also Told Free Hawai`i TV What Important New Moves The Obama Administration Will Be Announcing That Will Change Everything.
Watch Our Special Report This Week For All The Details.
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ALERT! - DOI DECISION REVEALED & OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PLANS
Please forward this to every Hawaiian and our supporters.
Highly reliable sources have informed us that the US Department of Interior has arrived at their decision regarding new rule making and federal recognition of Hawaiians.
Because of the overwhelming numbers of testifiers throughout Hawai`i as well as the US that stated they were against the DOI proposed plans, both in person at the hearings and online, the US Department of Interior itself has decided not to issue any new rules or re-recognition.
However, because those few who would stand to benefit directly from such a move have lobbied the White House intensely, the Obama administration will instead either issue an executive policy statement (as was done in Alaska) federally recognizing the Native Hawaiian roll, or they will instruct the DOI to issue an administrative policy that the Obama administration will then support.
Either of these actions are actually worse than any DOI rule making.
This yet to be announced policy statement will empower OHA and the Roll Commission to form a governing entity that will be rubber stamped with no oversight or advance public input whatsoever.
It is the “payoff” the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Council For Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), the Sovereign Councils Of Hawaiian Homelands Assembly (SCHHA) and the Danners have been seeking for so long.
It also explains two recent developments -
First, the recent creation by OHA of itʻs “consortium,” of which the CNHA, the SCHHA and even the Association Of Hawaiian Civic Clubs (AOHCC) are said to become key controlling players.
This consortium would be the entity that administers and runs the creation of this federally recognized Native Hawaiian tribe. They would also be able to tightly control who gets admitted as members.
Second, the recent announcement postponing the Native Hawaiian convention and election of officers until sometime next year. This is to time the staging of the convention after the Obama administration publicly reveals its plans.
Since the public announcement regarding the Obama administration policy statement is not planned for some time, now is the time to let the Obama administration know that you are opposed to this scheme.
Contact the White House and DOI Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia`aina today and say NO! to their “proposed policy statement” or any US federal policy that would recognize the Native Hawaiian roll.
Email the White House http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit...
Or call the White House skype 202- 456-1111
Americans who have been paying attention are well aware of the Islamic burial ritual. Obama made sure our troops gave Osama bin Laden the Islamic ritual burial — our soldiers had to wash and prepare OBL’s body in just this fashion.
This story is disturbing enough on its face, but the silence by the enemedia in reporting this story speaks to the ungodly lengths to protect and defend this brutal and extreme ideology.
Islam isn’t just at the heart of the terror threat posed by the Islamic State. The religion is also contributing to the other major crisis plaguing the globe: the spread of Ebola.
Washington and its media stenographers won’t tell you this, lest they look intolerant, but Islamic burial rituals are a key reason why health officials can’t contain the spread of the deadly disease in West Africa.
Many of the victims of Ebola in the three hot-spot nations there — Sierra Leone and Guinea, as well as neighboring Liberia — are Muslim. Roughly 73% of Sierra Leone’s and about 85% of Guinea’s people are Muslim. Islam, moreover, is practiced by more than 13% of Liberians.
When Muslims die, family members don’t turn to a funeral home or crematorium to take care of the body. In Islam, death is handled much differently.
Relatives personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. Often, several family members participate in this posthumous bathing ritual, known as Ghusl.
Before scrubbing the skin with soap and water, family members press down on the abdomen to excrete fluids still in the body. A mixture of camphor and water is used for a final washing. Then, family members dry off the body and shroud it in white linens.
Again, washing the bodies of the dead in this way is considered a collective duty for Muslims, especially in Muslim nations. Failure to do so is believed to leave the deceased “impure” and jeopardizes the faithful’s ascension into Paradise (unless he died in jihad; then no Ghusl is required).
Before the body is buried, Muslims attending the funeral typically pass a common bowl for use in ablution or washing of the face, feet and hands, compounding the risk of infection.
Though these customs are prescribed by Shariah law, they’re extremely dangerous and should be suspended. Mosque leaders must step in to educate village Muslims about the dangers of interacting with corpses.
Ebola victims can be more contagious dead than alive. Their bodies are covered in rashes, blood and other fluids containing the virus.
“Funerals and washing dead bodies in West African countries have led, to a great extent, to spread the disease,” a World Health Organization spokeswoman recently warned.
WHO has issued an advisory to Red Cross and other relief workers in African Muslim nations to “be aware of the family’s cultural practices and religious beliefs. Help the family understand why some practices cannot be done because they place the family or others at risk for exposure.”
- See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/10/islamic-...
Despite the fact that Democratic candidates have by and large avoided appearing with Obama on the trail, Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown — who’s running for governor — was not one of them, Reuters added.
But as Obama spoke at the rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington, a “steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium,” Reuters noted, adding that a heckler also interrupted him.
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.
With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election.
Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.
Not so Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown of Maryland, who is running for governor, and Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois, who is running for re-election. Obama plans to appear at an event for Quinn later in the evening.
"You've got to vote," Obama repeated over and over at a rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington.
Democrats have a history of not turning up to vote in midterm elections.
"There are no excuses. The future is up to us," Obama said.
A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.
Obama's help, or lack thereof, may not matter much to Brown, who is 11 points ahead of Republican opponent Larry Hogan, according to an average of polls by RealClearPolitics.
Quinn's race is tighter. He is ahead of Republican opponent Bruce Rauner by 1.8 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average.
Obama is scheduled to spend the night at his Chicago home after the campaign event for Quinn.
to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
At the Jordan river, Jesus heard His Father say to Him, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22) Later, in the wilderness, Jesus heard the devil say to Him, “If You are the Son of God…” (Luke 4:3)
Notice that the devil not only questioned Jesus’ sonship, but he also dropped the word “beloved” when he said to Jesus, “If You are the Son of God…” You see, the devil cannot remind you that you are God’s beloved because when you know this truth, whatever he wants to bring against you will not succeed!
Many girls are giving away their virginity because they need to feel wanted and loved. And young boys join gangs to feel accepted because they have been rejected and made to feel worthless by others.
But when you know that you are God’s beloved, no temptation can succeed against you, not even the “giants” who may taunt you. Consider David who slew Goliath. “David” in Hebrew means “beloved”. It takes a David to knock down a giant. In other words, it takes someone who knows that he is God’s beloved to win the fights of life!
You are God’s beloved not because of what you do. Christ did everything. He is God’s Beloved. But God put you in Christ. That is why you are “accepted in the Beloved”. And what God said to Jesus, He says to you today: “You are My beloved son. In you, I am well pleased.”
So if the devil tells you, “Hey, you call yourself ‘God’s beloved’ after what you just did?” have the assurance that it is not based on what you have done, but what Christ has done. And you are still God’s beloved because you are in Christ!
When you say that, I believe the devil screams in frustration because he has no power over you when you are conscious that you are God’s beloved. There is truly a place of safety when you know that you are His beloved.
My friend, we are not being proud when we call ourselves God’s beloved. How can we boast when we know that it is God’s grace that has made us accepted in the Beloved!
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